New Changes At
TRANSITIONS Personal and Family Counseling Services
pleased to announce that I am back and available for full time private
practice. There have been many changes over the past few years that have
affected national and local healthcare - particularly in the counseling
field - and TRANSITIONS has not escaped the influences of those changes.
It has been interesting to observe how changes in the
economy and healthcare have impacted this field on the local level. In
my own private practice, EAP contract work disappeared in 2004 with
closings of local mills. During that time, state budget cutbacks led to the process of disbanding area
health programs into what are called local management entities (LMEs).
This forced prior mental health center staff therapists
to spin off and open their own private practices in an economy that is
too fragile to support them. It's not that there is no need for
counseling and other mental health services. Considering the stresses we
face today, these services are needed more than ever - but less people
can afford them.
Somewhere in the process of this melee, in 2004, I got
the wild and crazy idea that I could be of more service and more
financially solvent if I joined the staff of the local mental health
center, fulltime, while doing my private practice, part time, on the
side. Well, that was a bad decision! In my article,
About My Life and My Dream,
I explained why such agencies were not healthy or fun places to work.
Maybe I was hoping things got better while I was out of the system, but
no - they got worse! What was I thinking?!! The center
divested and privatized not long after I joined, to be taken over by
corporate interests more devoted to the bottom line than client care.
I left to take on the challenge of rebuilding TRANSITIONS.
The challenge is to
rebuild a private counseling practice that continues to meet the highest
standards of counseling care, privacy and confidentiality - all while
doing what it takes to maintain the lowest possible fees. To this
end, I have closed the downtown Lincolnton office, which significantly
reduces my costs. Also, noise levels at that location increased,
while privacy decreased with increased traffic - good for most
businesses, but not for counseling. It was a difficult decision,
leaving behind 15 years of good memories and much appreciation for the
Lincoln Cultural Center's being such a great landlord. It was also
the time to follow a plan of many years to locate all of my work at my
Northbrook office, with its built-from-the-ground-up state-of-the art
counseling resources. Besides, clients familiar with both offices
from as far away as Charlotte and beyond were expressing their
preferences by driving past the downtown office to come to the
Northbrook setting. Universally, they preferred the natural
healing environment, with its peace and total privacy.
most excited about the development and implementation of a new specialty
program at TRANSITIONS, called
Everything I have learned working 30 years in this field has gone into
this project, involving the provision of comprehensive services, including
holistic, intuition-enhanced counseling and clinical hypnotherapy.
These services are offered within an innovative time and fee structure
that allows for the most effective work, in the shortest time, at the
lowest fees - all with minimal impact on a client's routine schedule.
dropped my virtual WebOffice with PersonalSolutions.com in favor of plans
to set up my own virtual office, with a credit card merchant account,
persons can receive email support and telephone counseling. (See
Get Counseling Help Online.)
This will also allow for online ordering of my books and self-help
these "transitions" at TRANSITIONS will not be an undue inconvenience to
anyone. There are those who say that solo private practice will soon
be a thing of the past. Well, I have seen the alternative, and it is
no improvement, anymore than phone services or any of the other services
we pay more for less these days. The services offered here are beyond
anything offered in corporate healthcare in the same way that lovingly
hand-crafted goods are superior to mass-produced ones. I hope you will
take the opportunity to find out for yourself.
Telephone inquiries to TRANSITIONS/SoulMentors continue to be free.
If I don't answer your call, I will return your call as soon as possible. Please be sure to leave a message
on the confidential system, with both DAY and EVENING
phone numbers where I can return your call.